Jan 11, 2011 LMS meeting

At the Jan 11, 2011 LMS meeting, the timeline for pilot Phase II was confirmed:

  • Spring/Summer/Fall 2011: expand Bb 9.1 pilot to include additional instructors
  • Spring/Summer 2011: expand pilot to include other LMS options (CanvasMoodle and Sakai) along with Bb 9.1 .
  • Fall 2011: expand pilot testing – include all 4 LMS’s and have them tested by as many pilot testers as are available and is feasible.
  • Fall 2011: Collect data, conduct analysis, select LMS option(s) to test on campus
  • Spring 2012: Final LMS recommendation to senior leadership


About Blackboard Learn 9.1

Michigan Tech currently employs Blackboard Campus Edition 8 (CE8) as its enterprise-wide learning management system. Blackboard is slated to end support for CE8 in 2013. Blackboard offers the product “Blackboard Learn 9.1” as an upgrade path.   A few faculty and staff in the LMS pilot are testing Bb9.1 hosted on an IT server here at MTU.

Courses tested with Blackboard Learn 9.1

Fall 2010 Courses

BA3620

ENG1001

PH1110

Non-CRN course: “NSF Intellectual Property: Copyright and Patents”

Spring 2011 Courses (as of Jan 10, 2011)

BA3620

BA4630

ED3100

ENG1100

MEEM3900

Non-CRN course: “NSF Intellectual Property: Copyright and Patents”

Information from Blackboard Learn 9.1 is at: http://ondemand.blackboard.com/

http://www.blackboard.com/resources/learn/Bb_Learn_91_Datasheet_Classic.pdf

There are a few ways you can test Bb9.1:

1) Request a free 30-day “preview” account available from Bb. http://bb.blackboard.com/bblearnpreview/

Note, you’ll need to use the following during the registration process:

Institution Name: Michigan Technological University

Client ID: 304092

2) Request to be enrolled in the MTU Bb Learn 9.1 “Support and Discussion” by emailing courses@mtu.edu

3) Join Blackboard Connections-a central hub, a town square of sorts.  It is where Blackboard users of all sort users can collaborate and share best practices and deepen their knowledge and expertise in all things eLearning.

http://connections.blackboard.com/


About Blackboard

Michigan Tech currently employs Blackboard Campus Edition 8 (CE8) as its enterprise-wide learning management system. Blackboard is slated to end support for CE8 in 2013. Blackboard offers the product “Blackboard Learn 9.1” as an upgrade path. This path is not an upgrade in the traditional sense, rather a migration to a very different software solution.

Blackboard Learn Bb 9.1 Pilot course at: https://courses-pilot.mtu.edu/


Time line for LMS migration

LMS Pilot Phase I

  • Summer 2010: a working group consisting of Educational Technology Services, IT and the CIO attended certification sessions, installed and configured the new Bb 9.1 services in a test environment.  They also conducted informal surveys of other institutions concerning their choice and strategy for LMS.
  • Fall 2010: a group of instructors were invited to migrate courses (or develop new courses) to utilize Bb 9.1 as an LMS for teaching fall semester.

LMS pilot Phase II

  • Fall 2010 – Fall 2011: continue utilizing CE8 while LMS options are more fully explored
  • Spring/Summer/Fall 2011: expand Bb 9.1 pilot to include additional instructors
  • Spring/Summer/Fall 2011: expand pilot to include other LMS options

Fall 2011: final report for LMS migration to be submitted

2010 LMS Migration Path Summary for Provost


LMS Pilot Participants

The LMS Pilot Group was formed in Summer/Fall 2010 to participate in an evaluation of LMS products Bb9.1 and then open source products Sakai and Moodle.  The LMS pilot groups charge is to establish a core group to function as a decision-making and communications team. The group and its work will issue a report in Fall 2011.

The team will:

  • Assist in the selection our next generation LMS
  • Advise Provost and CIO
  • Contribute to communication efforts to keep campus informed and involved

Members of the LMS pilot:

Faculty

Amber Kemppainen (Engineering Fundamentals)
Catherine Tarasoff (SFRES)
Dana Johnson (SBE)
James DeClerck (MEEM)
Linda Wanless (SOT)
Michael Meyer (Physics)
Paul Charlesworth (Chem)
Todd King (Math)

Staff

Chad Arney (ETS)
Deb Charleswoth (Graduate School)
Emmette Golde (IT)
Jeff Toorongian (ETS)
Matt Buss (IT)
Margaret Phillips (Library)
Patty Lins (ETS)
Rebecca MIddlebrook (SBE)
Tom Freeman (ETS)
Walt Milligan (CIO)
William Kennedy (CTLFD)

Student

Jeannie DeClerck (RTC grad student)


What is a Learning Management System?

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application designed to support teaching and learning.  An LMS offers one integrated online site where instructors can create and deliver course content; provide a collection of tools for online testing, assessment, collaboration, communication, submission of assignments, and administration of grades. This software tool is critical for our initiatives in delivering blended and online learning.